Village Trustees Discuss Changes to Public Works Building Project
A requested $45,000 change to the salt storage structure is expected to save money in the long-term. The new dome structure diminishes the need for a costly conveyor.
As the Village of New Lenox moves forward with plans to construct a $9 million public works facility, trustees during a Monday Committee of the Whole meeting were brought up-to-date on a staff preference to build a dome salt storage structure instead of the traditional storage building.
Kurt Carroll, village administrator, said since the staff's review of the plans for storage needs, a dome structure—the same type of structure the Illinois Department of Transportation relies on—is preferable because it increases the capacity and it's easier to load.
The building would hold 5,400 tons of salt, while a dome can handle about 6,200 tons. The further advantage is that the dome makes it easier to load. "You can just push it in," whereas the storage building would more often require the use of a conveyor to pour it in.
The change would cost $45,000, but it would save money too, Kurt said. Conveyors can cost as much as the total price of the storage building. The dome would hardly every require a conveyor to load in the salt. On the occasions that a conveyor is required, it could be rented rather than purchased, he said.
Carroll emphasized that this request was "staff-driven. It's a value added" item. Board members are expected to formally take up the matter at an upcoming board meeting.
The new face of the village is expected to come online in March
The village's website has gotten a facelift. It's expected to come online in March. The redesign of the website is designed for easy navigation and links that bring the reader to other departments.
Some of the fresh features of the website are a Village Commons calendar of events along with videos featuring NLCTV6 programs. Mayor Tim Baldermann said he was particularly fond of the Village Commons calendar because it welcomes other entities using the Village Commons to post on the site, such as the New Lenox Fire Protection District.
"That's what we wanted," said Baldermann," it's for the community.
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